A new piece of building code in Swedish law means that homeowners now have the right to build an additional building covering up to 25 square metres on their property without planning permission. Dubbed Attefallshus, in honour of the Swedish housing minister Stefan Attefall, these small houses have already begun to flood the market. One especially canny architectural firm has seen a way to kill two birds with one stone and developed an awesome proposal for their version of an Attefallshus.
In West Sweden, the city of Gothenberg has been dangling free bikes to residents in a bid to get its inhabitants to leave their cars behind. Incorporating the bike into their lifestyle for six months, three dozen such residents here have been showing the rest of the city how it’s done. The catch? Actually ride […]
The rockabilly scene, filled with rock ‘n roll, muscle cars, and sweet-as-pie Americana is alive and well. In Sweden, of all places. The subculture is called ‘Raggare’, which is slang for ‘gathering’, which was used ‘in rockabilly times to mean collecting women in cars’. Nowadays a large amount of Swedes ‘live their lives as if […]
Forget Godzilla, here’s what we all should be running away from: a monster rat that chewed its way through a concrete wall and settled inside a Swedish family’s kitchen. The Bengtsson-Korsas family realized a disturbance in their household when their cat, Enok, refused to go into their kitchen. What they didn’t know was that the 15 inch long (tail not included) Ratzilla, had already made the space behind the dishwasher its home.
Everyone in Sweden seems to have a bike, and they use it. And what sucks about riding a bike? Bike helmets. Sure, they keep that overrated “brain” from getting splattered, but they take a lot of the open-air-joy out of things. And they’re not comfortable, nor look that cool. A pair of Swedish women have […]
A cross between an igloo and psychedelic art installation, ICEHOTEL is a large-scale art exhibition and simultaneously a luxurious holiday lodge. Over 40 artists from around the world come together for the ICEHOTEL project to create several dozen ‘art suites’ — intricately carved rooms and pavilions made of pure ice and snow, each designed by a different artist or group.
Can this the most luxurious, er, down-to-earth hotel ever? At Sala Silvermine in Sweden, you can stay at a mine suite 500 feet below ground. A night’s stay includes a guided tour of ‘winding galleries and thrilling cavities’, plus a basket with cheese, biscuits, fruits, sparkling wine and chocolate. You’ll get to go on a […]
Sleek design and snowy winter months settle Stockholm’s spot as the epicentre of cool. Fifty bridges link the 14 islands that make up Sweden’s biggest city; one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Graffiti is classified as ‘street art’, frumpy or clunky design is a rarity, and the city is as safe and clean as it […]
Treehouses have a special place in our hearts. Whether it’s a sweet childhood memory or the romantic notion of joining Peter and his Lost Boys in their tree home, most of us secretly wish that grown-ups could have treeforts too. But take heart treehouse lovers: the beloved treehouse has been redesigned for practical living! This gorgeous […]
Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg explores consumerism by constructing a spiritual symbol — the mandala — from repetitive patterns of brand logo visuals. The majesty of these gigantic circular mandalas is a wry reminder of just much people worship their everyday grocery supplies.
Inspired by his daughter, volcanos, patterns and black metal aesthetics, Jakob Feltsen from Gothenburg, Sweden creates illustrations of cute-meets-occult monsters. He works exclusively in Montana markers and has described his work as “advanced doodling.” He’s half way through his studies in illustration but his work is just as radical as any “professional” in the industry. […]
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to sleep under a bridge like a homeless person? Perhaps you should consider booking a room at the Fakktum Hotel. Thanks to Swedish agency Forsman and Bodenfors, you can book a space that might otherwise be occupied by a street dweller. It’s similar to booking a […]
New Swedish project Laike is the brainchild of Christofer Ståhle. The debut album, Långt från stadslivets dån, is a mysterious collection of songs about escaping modern urban life for the country on which Laike’s formidable guitar skills are augmented by his ethereal vocals and flute chops. Recommended for fans of acoustic music seeking more interesting […]
Coming in at just under 12 square meters, this student living space may be the smallest house in Sweden. Located in Lund, the compact cottage boasts all the essentials” a sleeping loft, a kitchenette with a table, a bathroom and an under bed study. Despite the potential for cabin fever, the space is actually hotly contested amongst students. But if you’re going to invite friends over for dinner, three’s definitely a party. So choose wisely.
Staying in Sweden’s most primitive hotel means that you’ll have to live in the woods without electricity or running water (we think that means no Twitter as well). But it’s definitely an adventure you won’t forget.